I discovered the true miracle of bentonite clay twenty-six years ago while leading a Yogic retreat in Iceland. I visited a cancer clinic that was actually treating a multitude of diseases using locally derived montmorillite (bentonite) clay for detoxification. Medicinally, bentonite clay has been used for thousands of years for it’s natural healing and restorative properties. Bentonite clay is composited from a lush volcanic ash in deep rock deposits from the smectite group that’s loaded with a plethora of vitamins and minerals including calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, potassium and iron, which are the building blocks of all cell regeneration, and especially important for the biome of the scalp and health of the hair. Neil Naturopathic uses this crucial ingredient in all our shampoos and conditioners for its many beneficial and therapeutic properties.
Bentonite clay is highly absorbtive and negatively charged, meaning it attracts positive ions which allows it to bond with water to eliminate and draw out toxins, impurities, dandruff, dead skin cells, and product build-up, while also supplying valuable nutrients. The miracle of bentonite is it works both ways: once it has pulled the impurities and toxins from the hair and scalp it allows fresh oxygen to reach the scalp and hair root while supplying valuable nutrients to make the hair and scalp healthy. Bentonite clay is also antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal and it is highly effective at helping eliminate the dry, irritated, or flaking scalps associated with eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Bentonite has the ability to be clarifying and balancing of natural sebum, especially for oily scalps, without drying the scalp and provides a protective barrier to help heal wounds and relieve itchiness.
Bentonite clay washes out toxins but it also keeps the follicles clean and clear while building hair strength and vitality. Bentonite clay also hydrates both the hair and scalp; softening, conditioning, and moisturizing the hair, while also oxygenating and hydrating the scalp. Bentonite clay contains a mineral called silica that is a strong carrier of oxygen and is responsible for the scalp remaining supple and the hair being hydrated and strengthened. Bentonite clay provides most of the minerals and nutrients the hair requires to be healthy. All of these valuable nutrients and minerals help eliminate hair breakage and support the continued growth of healthy, thick, and vibrant hair. Bentonite clay also helps control frizz which is particularly important for people with any curl pattern ranging from wavy to coily hair.
Neil Naturopathic always recommends leaving both our shampoos and conditioners on the hair and scalp for at least 1-2 minutes or as long as possible. This is to ensure the proper time for absorption and benefit of the many therapeutic ingredients like bentonite clay to activate their healing properties. To read and learn more about all our valuable and therapeutic ingredients go to our website and visit the Ingredient Glossary under the Periodicals tab.